Embracing Narcissim

It has been 17 months since being laid off from my day job. For the past year and a half (minus one month), I’ve been surviving as an artist and educator.

It hasn’t been easy.

It is a struggle that is stressful, exhausting, and heartbreaking. I’ve had to strategically cash checks to avoid banking fees, call creditors asking to adjust my repayment amounts (school loans specifically), and use credit cards in creative ways to keep up on the mortgage.

Having a steady income is nice, but working for myself gives me a joy that is hard to describe. Flexible hours and not having a boss is great, but not why I love this lifestyle. For me, being self-employed is all about increasing my narcissism.

By nature (or nurture), I have low self-esteem. Why? Not being hugged enough as a child, being abandoned by my biological parents as a toddler, or it could be growing up feeling like an outcast…. Take your pick.

The longer I play the game of solopreneur, the more confidence I gain in myself. It allows me to determine my value and worth based off of the connections I make and how much fun I am having.

My biggest source of narcissism is in knowing the thousand of people whose lives I’ve touched in a small way. Each person who takes my animation course, sees my art, watches my shows, or who comment on my blog posts is a win for me. Every email of gratitude I receive keeps me on an emotional high for weeks.

I have slowly realized people want to hear what I have to say, see things I create, and hear my story. For an introvert like myself, it has changed the way I view the world.

My goal for 2016 is to explore what entrepreneurship means for those like me. Those who just want to tell stories and create art (hopefully this is you).

To do this, I need to share more through my blog. I plan to explore new strategies to connect with creators, test ways to fund projects, and sharing myself fully while documenting it all on this blog. In other words, not fearing that I might seem narcissistic.

Being a self-employed artist makes me feel “special”.
I am the center of my business.
It sounds narcissistic.
And this is okay.

Is Your Blog Breaking the Law?

We are not lawyers and we hate legal jargon, but if you want to make money on your blog it is important to cover your ………!

During the creation of our “Legal Stuff“, we created this guide to make it easier for you. This process isn’t fun, but hopefully I can make it a little easier on you.

Disclosure Policy

Your disclosure policy divulges your interests.  It tells people that you may or may not accept money for goods and services which you might sell or recommend on your website.

You legally need to add one to your website if you plan on selling or recommending products or items.  Your readers should have the opportunity to be informed.  In fact, you must include on if you want to comply with current Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines.


Look at what your favorite bloggers are doing in the legal pages or disclosure policies. Do not plagiarize their text, but you can see what they include and work it into your policies.

Privacy Policy

A privacy policy is a statement that discloses some or all of the ways you will find, use, disclose, and manage an individual’s data.  You must write a privacy policy in order to inform your visitors how their information is used and gathered. 


Comment Policy

A comment policy (if you choose to include it at all) is a general code of conduct that you would like your commenters to adhere to.

If you want to create your own simply write a list of unacceptable behavior.  ie, no profanity, no spam etc…  If you would like more guidance in this arena visit the links below.


Copyright Statement

The Copyright Statement is a short written statement attached to your work, it’ll notify the public that your work is copyright protected and if they would like to reproduce or share the copywritten information they must provide a link back to the copyright holder, you.

A copyright statement is optional but it’s better if you cover all your bases,  just in case you run into trouble further on down the line.  For that reason, once your statement is written, be sure to post it where it cannot be missed.

A copyright statement needs to have the word “Copyright” in it, or © which is the internationally accepted copyright symbol.  You must include the year your work was created and the name of the author/creator.

Below I have included some links that will help you write your own copyright statement.


  • What Is a Copyright Statement?
    What is a Copyright Statement?  The website tells you what it is and when and where you should use one.
  • How to Write a Copyright Notice
    Shows you how to write a copyright notice, and discusses how to use the copyright symbol.
  • Prevent Content Theft
    Talks about appropriate creative commons license and how to configure your RSS feed so that it displays post summaries as well as how to search Google for your content.
  • Free Copyright Notice
    A free download of a copyright notice which covers:  Ownership of copyright, copyright license, data mining, and more…


© [Full Name] and [Site Name], [Current Year or Year Range]. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to [Your Name] and [Your Site Name] with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Legal Page Example

If you need a little inspiration, you can visit our Legal Page.